Date: 10/9/17 1:55 am
From: Steve Arena <pokedaddy151...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Long-tailed Jaeger(s)-First Encounter Beach, Eastham-is it possible? 10/7/17
Glenn. Is it possible? Sure. Anything is possible.

I will send out my report from Saturday from 12.5 hours of sea watching
from Race Point but one thing is for sure. Many many Parasitic Jaegers were
moving south all day on southerly winds.

Towards the end of my day I had several small groups of Parasitics very
high over the beach. They were moving into the wind and were very relaxed.
Almost like they were trying to find a place to stop for the night. They
too were seemingly buffeted by the wind but that to me was because they
were probably tired from migrating and maurading all day and were looking
for a place to chill.

My photos confirmed the ID as Parasitic.

With that said, did anyone in your group take any photos, however distant?
The pictures would be worth 1000 words.


On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 9:54 PM Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>

> Someone said "Is anyone looking at these jaegers that are coming
> overhead?" at around 4:45ish p.m.. Looking up I saw five birds up a few
> hundred feet and thought these aren't them, they are terns. However, the
> birds appeared darkish underneath and had a long tubular tail and the one I
> concentrated on showed two pointed tail streamers beyond that tail almost
> the same length. The others did not had tail streamers of that length, the
> all five had the same shape and size. With the small headed appearance and
> the long body appearance beyond the wings they were not shaped like the
> Parasitics (kind of like the difference between Common and Arctic Tern) we
> had seen most of the day (30 at Race Point beach and another 10 at First
> Encounter). All five appeared dark on the underwing with no obvious white
> patches which all the jaegers of the day prior showed easily.
> They quickly made their way over Cape Cod Bay and were joined by at least
> three others which looked very similar in size and shape. I watched via
> scope and even though the late day lighting was marginal I never saw any
> obvious white flashes for the five or so minutes I was continuously
> watching. Eventually they drifted too far to see anything additional and
> they kept high in the sky the whole time unlike all the other jaegers I
> have seen, perhaps ever. It was interesting to see the them struggle
> against the rather modest wind seemingly not making any progress and
> constantly drifting away in the direction of the prevailing wind. Quite
> different from all the jaegers I have seen this year. The heads of these
> birds were small and the extension behind the wing was longer than the
> jaegers we had seen during the day.
> All the literature, images and drawings I have looked at never shows
> Parasitic with those body proportions. The only conclusion is that they
> were all Long-tailed.
> Is that possible?
> Glenn
> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
Steve Arena Westboro, MA Sent from Gmail Mobile

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